The Independent Feature Project has announced that Jason Alexander will be master of ceremonies at the 10th annual IFP Gotham Awards, taking place Sept. 20 at Chelsea Piers’ Pier 60 in Manhattan.
Alexander follows Sandra Bernhard, Stanley Tucci, Jon Stewart and Michael Moore, among others, as emcee of the event that recognizes breakthroughs in the world of independent film.
“Clearly we are ecstatic,” IFP exec director Michelle Byrd told Daily Variety. “To have gone from a 300-person dinner at Laura Belle to a 1,000-person event with a major celebrity hosting it, we feel like it’s a real coup.”
The ceremony — which runs yearly during the Independent Feature Film Market — will be telecast the following night on the Bravo Network. Besides Bravo, sponsors this year include WinStar Film & Video, ABC, the Film and Arts Network, Entertainment Weekly, HBO, the New York Times and Variety.
The IFP has also announced that Alexander’s second directorial foray, “Just Looking,” will be the opening-night film for the 22nd Independent Feature Film Market on Sept. 15. The coming-of-age comedy, written by Marshall Karp and produced by Jean Doumanian, centers on a boy searching for love and adventure over a summer spent in Queens.
Ryan Merriman, Gretchen Mol and Patti LuPone star in the pic, which will be released by Sony Pictures Classics on Oct. 13.
IFFM runs Sept. 15-22 at SoHo’s Angelika Film Center. Opening night is sponsored by DuArt Film and Video and IFC.